Saturday, 20 May 2017

REVIEW: WALL TO WALL (Dave Scott-Morgan)

Aside from his assured place in 'Brum Beat' folklore and a successful songwriting career (including, of course, a stint with Jeff Lynne and ELO betwixt "Time" and "Balance Of Power") and when he's teaching folks to fly "On A Plane", Dave Scott-Morgan is first and foremost a pastor, teacher and evangelist. One of the thrills of running elobeatlesforever (elobf) is that Yours Truly KJS sometimes gets to listen to the odd advance release and publish my thoughts and opinions on those recordings. So when a copy of Dave's forthcoming new album of Christian themed songs arrived literally in a "Letter From Spain" recently, courtesy of my good friend Luis Miguel Alcalá Ortiz, my interest was indeed piqued.

"Wall To Wall" is a nine track sampler with a strong Gospel message underpinned by some truly inspired songs. With hints of ELO (naturally) throughout alongside the familiar rasping voice of DSM as well as some catchy guitar riffs and lush keyboard and vocal arrangements, listening to "Wall To Wall" with its witty yet challenging lyrics (particularly if you are of a Judeo-Christian disposition) is also a hugely enjoyable musical experience at the same time.

"... an album that has had heart, soul and life experience poured into it."

Reassuring ELOesque opener "It's Alright" instantly grabs your attention followed by a musical interpretation of "Numbers 23" with a smooth bluegrass intro and, at times, with a Chris Rea feel to it reminding the listener of the validity of God's promises. "Jabez" (a renowned character whose heartfelt prayer is found in I Chronicles chapter 4) is also given a musical outing next replete with its a cappella interludes. "No One Else" is a guitar driven laced testimonial rocker followed in the same vein by the more sedate title track proclaiming the goodness of God. The classy acoustic take on the familiar "Abide With Me" also impresses as does "The Jeremiah Tree" (both have a definite Dylan feel to them). "Matthew 24" tackles the subject of the Second Coming as cited in The Olivet Discourse and is carried by more folksy-bluesy guitar riffs, being a Christian call to arms for what the Bible terms the Last Days before the dreamy "All True Love" looks forward to the eternal state. This is an album that should appeal to those who enjoy the musical outpourings of both ELO, Dave Scott-Morgan and Morganisation - whatever their current worldview happens to be. "Wall To Wall" sounds and feels like an album that has had heart, soul and life experience poured into it. (10/10)

Trax (31:06): "It's Alright" (3:22) ~ "Numbers 23" (3:39) ~ "Jabez" (3:43) ~ "No One Else" (3:44) ~ "Wall To Wall" (2:39) ~ "Abide With Me" (2:28) ~ "The Jeremiah Tree" (3:42) ~ "Matthew 24" (3:47) ~ "All True Love" (4:02)

"Wall To Wall" is due for release later this year. In the meantime, you can find out more about Dave Scott-Morgan and/or Morganisation and/or buy selected tracks from "Wall To Wall" in digital format via these links thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends "Wall To Wall" by Dave Scott-Morgan to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-May-2017

Friday, 19 May 2017


Eric Troyer is a familiar name to fans and followers of ELO Part II and The Orchestra (former members of ELO & ELO Part II). As a co-founder member of ELO Part II alongside Bev Bevan, Pete Haycock and Neil Lockwood, Eric is responsible for a large proportion of the songs recorded by ELO Part II and The Orchestra including their sole charting UK single "Honest Men", "1000 Eyes" and many more. Yet many folks don't realize that the career of the Elkhart, Indiana born musical journeyman extends far beyond the twenty six (26) years of his performing the music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra on stage.

Aside from his minor hit "Mirage" b/w "Meet Me At Midnight" (Chrysalis #CHS2445) in 1980, Eric has worked on albums with the likes of John Lennon ("Double Fantasy"), Billy Joel ("An Innocent Man"), Bonnie Tyler ("Faster Than The Speed Of Night"), Meat Loaf ("Bat Out Of Hell II"), Jim Steinman ("Bad For Good"), Julian Lennon ("Valotte") and Celine Dion ("Falling Into You") et al. In fact, it was the legendary Jim Steinman, with whom Eric has been associated for very many years, who recommended that Eric join ELO Part II back in the day (Steinman was reportedly being lined up as producer for their first album at the time). Which leads me to the reason for this elobf article.
Hence, not only has Eric appeared on many a well known album and been a long time cohort of Jim Steinman, he can also be found in a certain classic eighties music video. And if you look carefully in the above video for "Dead Ringer For Love" by Meat Loaf - also starring (of course) Cher - you'll find Eric in the background dusting down the bar!
KJS with Eric @ Sheffield, February 2014
Some call it trivia but it's something that has always bemused Yours Truly KJS and others when I've pointed it out to fans and general music enthusiasts alike. "Honest Men" remains my fave ELO Part II song to this day, being the subject of these (and other) elobf articles down the years:


Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 19-May-2017

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


A measure of the popularity of the music of ELO and Jeff Lynne is the incredible rise in the number of ELO tribute bands in the UK in recent years. Brian Cummins contacted elobeatlesforever (elobf) earlier this year to introduce his new project: The ELO Show. Having been privy to some impressive rehearsal recordings, Yours Truly KJS asked Brian, born and bred in Liverpool, about his career to date and The ELO Show in this recent mini-interview thus:

KJS: Please tell me about The ELO Show?
BC: We started rehearsals as The ELO Show earlier this year in preparation of our launch show in November at the O2 Academy here in Liverpool. The band consists mainly of members from established Genesis tribute show The Carpet Crawlers including Raymond Pitt, Chris Watt and Daniel Saleh so hopefully we will be able to do justice to ELO's amazing legacy of songs. We'll also be joined by four ladies who've also worked with the Liverpool Philharmonic on violin and cello.
KJS: What do you feel will attract ELO fans to your shows?
BC: A big factor of the band's appeal will I'm sure will be the production values that we will bring from our Genesis shows including lighting, sound and a top class stage crew.
KJS: You've been an ELO fan since childhood. How excited are you about this project?
BC: I cannot wait to launch this new project! I'm a bit of a chameleon of a vocalist having toured the world performing with some of  my musical heroes such as The Mick Pointer Band (performing the early material of Marillion as 'Fish'), The Security Project USA (performing the early solo material of Peter Gabriel with members of Peter's band and King Crimson) and solo with my 'Plays Live' show. I'm already counting down the days to November!
KJS: The transition from playing the music of Genesis to that of ELO must be interesting?
BC: A lot of work has already gone into this project and it's fantastic music to play, quite tricky but nowhere near as intense as some of the Genesis stuff so we are all just smiling at each other as we play these beautiful songs. I've grown up with a lot of this material since a kid. Obviously coming from Liverpool means that The Beatles are instilled in us from birth, so to play this stuff live really is a dream come true. I'm positive the ELO and Jeff fans (and music fans in general) will enjoy the night.
KJS: Finally - for the "Time" being - how can folks find out more about The ELO Show?
BC: Right now we have a Facebook page at and our new web site is coming soon!

The ELO Show perform at The O2 Academy in Liverpool on Friday 10th November. Tickets are priced at £17.50 each (plus booking fee) and can be purchased via these links thus:

Find out more about The ELO Show via their official sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends The ELO Show to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-May-2017

Saturday, 13 May 2017


Earlier this week, Bev Bevan published a quartet of photos on his official Facebook page showing the ELO co-founder looking pleased as punch with his RRHOF award (having sadly missed the induction ceremony at The Brooklyn Center in NYC on Friday 7th April) meaning that Bev, Roy Wood (via Twitter) and Jeff Lynne have all now been snapped with their RRHOF statues with the absent Richard Tandy the only remaining ELO inductee not pictured in possession of his award to date.

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) wish Richard all the very best and look forward to his return to the Jeff Lynne's ELO line-up for their Summer stadium dates in Sheffield, London, Glasgow and Hull. And - if RT just happens to read this elobf article - please consider letting the fans also see you proudly holding your RRHOF gong too for an ELO Rock & Roll Hall of Fame full house!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 13-May-2017

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

CAUGHT LIVE: A Fusion of Music and Dance ft. Bev Bevan

Yours Truly KJS completed a busy weekend by following up gigs by Bob Dylan and the Explosive Light Orchestra with a return visit to Birmingham Symphony Hall on the evening of Sunday 7th May to attend Dorridge Music School's seventh annual charity extravaganza A Fusion of Music and Dance featuring their patron Bev Bevan, a whole host of home grown talent and some very special guests in aid of Birmingham Dogs Home, The MS Society Solihull as well as raising much needed awareness for Delete Blood Cancer, in memory of DMS student Riya Dandekar.

The Move and ELO founder and recent Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee was involved throughout, either co-presenting the proceedings from behind his podium or playing percussion/drums during performances of "Let And Let Die", "Writing's On The Wall", "The Final Countdown", "Living On A Prayer" et al. A packed programme of dance and music from classical to opera, the musicals and gospel as well as a Rock and Motown/Soul medley ensured that all tastes were catered for in a production that did not fail to entertain and impress the many onlookers with an amazing twenty three acts. Richard and Adam, Soul Kinda Wonderful and Kyle Passmore provided great entertainment as did the very many DMS school music students, dancers and choirs - all orchestrated by the wonderful Leigh Perry - who truly ensured that the joint was well and truly rocked!

Fave moments had to be the stunning vocals of Tom Bleasby (singing the Bob Dylan classic "Make You Feel My Love" and Faith Tucker (singing "Defying Gravity") plus the thundering drums of Bev 'Basher' Bevan underpinning both "Live And Let Die" and the aforementioned Rock Medley. The rendition of "Hey Jude" was also noteworthy but the beautiful, and somewhat moving "Run", an emotional tribute to Riya Dandekar, truly stole the show for me. You can be sure that elobeatlesforever (elobf) will be back in 2018 to further support this fantastic event!

See also: BEV BEVAN: Music & Dance Fusion Charity Patronage + RRHOF Thoughts

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends A Fusion of Music & Dance presented by Dorridge Music School (DMS) to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff LynneThe MoveRoy WoodThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-May-2017

Monday, 8 May 2017


Yours Truly KJS has keenly watched and featured Robin Myles and his Explosive Light Orchestra here at elobeatlesforever (elobf) over the last few years as the South Wales based band have developed and grown. It was therefore most pleasing to be in attendance on the night of Saturday 6th May when the band I affectionately call ExpLO made their debut at my regular haunt The Robin 2 in nearby Bilston. Featuring their full eight member line-up, the Explosive Light Orchestra proceeded to not only own the stage but also take their audience on a light fantastic trip through the ELO/Jeff Lynne songbook with a performance that left many impressed by their Black Country bow and ensured a charged atmosphere throughout.

This was my sixth ExpLO gig and most certainly the best as Robin Myles - thankfully well on the road to recovery after a serious illness - belted out the songs of the Electric Light Orchestra with confidence and assurance ably assisted by long time cohort Aidan Thorne on bass, lead guitarist Jason Ball (who gets better every time and loves a banter or three with the crowd), Dave Purkiss (truly a top notch drummer and the loudest basher in Wales), keyboard wizardess Sarah Fowler (with her assured vocal/vocoder contribution duly noted) and virtuoso violinist Xenia Porteous with cello duo Jimmy Ottley and Mel Sadie also vital cogs in the ExpLO machinery.
 The Explosive Light Orchestra clearly enjoyed each others company on stage and did not take themselves too seriously. They've managed to find a lovely balance combining their note perfect interpretation of works of ELO maestro Jeff Lynne whilst having genuine fun. That mix was infectious and soon had the 500+ crowd singing in unison. Make no mistake about it, ExpLO are an excellent example as to why tribute bands should be valued, especially when they reproduce ELO classics with such respect. Twenty one songs were played from "10538 Overture" to "Hold On Tight" - a decade of hits from 1971-81 - with some quite exquisite renditions of "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Strange Magic", "Telephone Line" and "Steppin' Out" alongside their enjoyable takes on "Showdown", "Turn To Stone", "All Over The World" and "Mr. Blue Sky". ExpLO's two hour set left a memorable afterglow with calls for a prompt return visit ringing in their ears. I've seen a not a few ELO tribute shows down the years and in all honesty, this was one of the best. 
Photograph courtesy John Collins/Forever ...
ExpLO performed: "Evil Woman" ~ "Showdown" ~ "Livin' Thing" ~ "The Diary Of Horace Wimp" ~ "Steppin' Out" ~ "Telephone Line" ~ "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" ~ "10538 Overture" ~ "Hold On Tight" ~ "Last Train To London" ~ "Turn To Stone" ~ "Shine A Little Love" ~ "Wild West Hero" ~ "Xanadu" ~ "Strange Magic" ~ "All Over The World" ~ "Mr. Blue Sky" ~ "Sweet Talkin' Woman" ~ "Rockaria!" ~ "Don't Bring Me Down" ~ "Roll Over Beethoven"
Explosive Light Orchestra (ExpLO) were (l-r):
Jimmy Ottley, Xenia Porteous, Mel Sadie, Jason Ball, Robin Myles, Aidan Thorne, Sarah Fowler and Dave Purkiss
You can find out more about ExpLO and their 2017 tour dates via their official sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Explosive Light Orchestra [ExpLO] to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 08-May-2017

Saturday, 6 May 2017


Photograph courtesy of  Randolph Wilbury ...
Having been a rather young if not avid ELO fan and collector, I only discovered Bob Dylan in my late teens a few years before his involvement with the band of brothers who were The Traveling Wilburys. That's why his 1985 album "Empire Burlesque" was the first Bob Dylan record that I bought. Hence, when a series of 2017 UK dates were announced featuring the man whom many regard as one of the finest songwriters in the modern era, this was an opportunity to see (and hear) for myself one of the greats. It will therefore come as no surprise to regular visitors here at elobeatlesforever (elobf) that Yours Truly KJS was in attendance at The Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham "Last Night" (Friday 5th May) when Bob and his quintet rolled into town.

This was the most surreal of gigs. Nearly all of the 10,000 seats were occupied and every one of the twenty one songs played were greeted the reactions ranging from warm applause to ovations when the more familiar Dylan classics were performed. Yet at no time did Lucky Wilbury speak or interact with his audience in a polished and classy two hour set of originals and covers. It was surely an experience hard to define and one that I most surely enjoyed, be it Bob crooning with microphone in hands or behind his piano, whether sitting or standing. Highlights for me included "Highway 61 Revisited", "Tangled Up In Blue", "Desolation Row" and (naturally) "Blowin' In The Wind". Especially noteworthy was the inclusion of  "Stormy Weather" in the set - a song also covered, of course, by his Wilbury pal Jeff Lynne in 1990's "Armchair Theatre". Many who were there had doubtless seen Dylan many times down the years and the concert had the feel of a reunion, For first timers like me, this was an encounter with the enigma who is Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan and his Band performed: "Things Have Changed" ~ "To Ramona" ~ "Highway 61 Revisited" ~ "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'" ~ "Why Try To Change Me Now?" ~ "Pay In Blood" ~ "Melancholy Mood" ~ "Duquesne Whistle" ~ "Stormy Weather" ~ "Tangled Up In Blue" ~ "Early Roman Kings" ~ "Spirit On The Water" ~ "Love Sick" ~ "All Or Nothing At All" ~ "Desolation Row" ~ "Soon After Midnight" ~ "That Old Black Magic" ~ "Long And Wasted Years" ~ "Autumn Leaves" ~ "Blowin' In The Wind" ~ "Ballad Of A Thin Man"

The Bob Dylan Band were Bob Dylan (Vocals/Piano), Tony Garnier (Bass/Double Bass). Charlie Sexton (Guitar), Donnie Herron (Pedal Steel/Violin), Stu Kimball (Guitars) and George Receli (Drums). Find out more about Bob Dylan via his official web site thus: 

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Bob Dylan to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff Lynne, The Traveling Wilburys, Roy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 06-May-2017

Wednesday, 3 May 2017


2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Roy Wood will be taking his fantastic Rock 'n' Roll Band out again later this year for his Red E 2 Rock Tour in another round of his legendary pre-Christmas gigs. Three dates have already been confirmed (at the time of writing) with more dates set to be revealed by the man who gave us The Move, ELO and Wizzard over the coming weeks and months. Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) intend to list all Woody's tour dates and ticket information within this article going forward. Please find below confirmed dates for you to peruse thus:

Friday 10th November
The Opera House, Buxton
Tickets: from £30 each (*plus booking fee)

Wednesday 15th November
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Tickets: from £29.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 18th November
The Princess Theatre, Torquay
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Saturday 25th November
Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Sunday 26th November
The Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Thursday 30th November
Southport Theatre & Floral Hall, Southport
Tickets: from £23.50 each (*plus booking fee)

Monday 4th December
The Baths Hall, Scunthorpe
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 5th December
The Anvil, Basingstoke
Tickets: £30 each (*plus booking fee)

Monday 11th December
The Royal Theatre Hall, Harrogate
Tickets: from £29 each (*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 12th December
The Robin 2, Bilston, Wolverhampton
Tickets: £20 (advance) or £22 (door)(*plus booking fee)

Tuesday 19th December
The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds
Tickets: from £27.50 each (*plus booking fee)

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends the Roy Wood Red E 2 Rock Tour to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 03-May-2017

Sunday, 30 April 2017


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! HBO duly broadcast their flagship Rock & Roll Hall of Fame highlights programme yesterday at 8:00PM ET (Saturday 29th April) to millions of Americans so that multiple thousands of ELO fans in the US could see the RRHOF induction of Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne for themselves (as well as Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy in absentia) alongside the likes of Journey, Joan BaezYes, Niles Rodgers and Pearl Jam.

The trio of songs performed by Jeff Lynne's ELO on Friday 7th April were all shown with Dhani Harrison's induction speech slotted in between "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Evil Woman" (whereas it preceded the Chuck Berry penned classic on the night) with "Mr. Blue Sky" following.

BGO supremo Michael Laine Hildebrandt was kind enough to send Yours Truly KJS some screenshots of the show overnight from his Lewisville base in Texas and they are included in the above montage. Speaking of montages, Legacy Recordings released a short video on Friday 28th April to congratulate ELO upon their RRHOF induction in advance of the HBO premiere and elobeatlesforever (elobf) has put together a second montage below to echo those sentiments and to remind folks just how successful the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) have been (and continue to be) from their self-titled first album in 1971 a.k.a. "No Answer" to 2015's "Alone In The Universe" thus:

Thursday, 27 April 2017


Dr. Roy Wood at The Robin 2 in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The Move, ELO and Wizzard founder (and, of course, recent RRHOF inducteeRoy Wood has been confirmed as returning with his Rock 'n' Roll Band for their much anticipated regular Christmas spectacular at The Robin 2 in Bilston near Wolverhampton on Tuesday 12th December. Advance tickets are priced at £20 (plus booking fee) and can be purchased via this link thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Roy Wood to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneWizzardThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes. I've already bought my ticket ... Have you?

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 27-Apr-2017

Tuesday, 25 April 2017


2017 is set to be a significant year for Quill ...
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Since it was announced earlier this year, Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) have been very much looking forward to Brum Bands Unite, a concert in support of the Justice 4 The 21 campaign whilst raising monies for Acorns Children's Hospice on the evening of St. George's Day (Sunday 23rd April) within the iconic surrounds of Birmingham Town Hall. The comic interplay of joint comperes Roger 'Ollie' Spencer and Tom Ross and heartfelt speeches by Julie Hambleton and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Carl Rice ensured that the music and the message were rightly balanced as the immensely talented array of Brum artistes delivered a fantastic concert to an appreciative audience.

Right from the outset The Inspiration Choir - ably conducted by Bonnie Spencer - made sure proceedings began brilliantly with a lovely rendition of The Beatles' "In My Life" followed not long later by local singer/songwriter Chris Tye, who also impressed upon first hearing particularly with the atmospheric "I Will Be With You" followed by local reggae and lovers rock legend Bitty McLean ensured that the crowd were swaying with "Dedicated To The One I Love".
Roger Spencer, Tom Ross, Chris Tye, The Inspiration Choir and Bitty McLean played their part ...
There is something infectious and enthusiastic about Dave Scott-Morgan and his Morganisation outfit with their six song stint ensuring that they were more than comfortable on the large stage as they dabbled with tracks from their excellent "Bubbles" album and capped their set with a passionate performance of "21 Today" before Steve Gibbons gave a brief solo cameo (including an enjoyable monologue) with Dylanesque tunes "Sweetheart" and "Bird With No Song". It was almost a case of The Uglys reformed next as Morganisation enjoined with SG for another memorable moment with a duo of songs in tribute to Buddy Holly and a top class take of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone".

Quill arrived on stage as the final act of the night with their thunderous and moody take on "The Bells Of Rhymney" before delivering another sublime set of songs with huge hints of their much anticipated new studio album set alongside an Americana upgrade to their Kite classic "Say It Ain't So", Abby Brant's wonderful talent again displayed during "Can't Find My Way Home" and Joy Strachan-Brain's magical stage presence throughout. Quill continue to blossom on stage with Andy Edwards again providing perfect percussion alongside the smooth vocals of bassist Matt Worley and  violin wizardry of Kate McWilliam. My position on the front row afforded me the opportunity to see the wondrous guitar craft of Tony Kelsey - up close and personal - and appreciate his contribution to a band worthy of a much wider acclaim. This was a wonderful event that will hopefully generate a healthy donation to a worthy cause and much interest with another J4T21 concert set to be confirmed soon at the same venue later this year in November.
Perfect Partnership: Steve Gibbons and Morganisation ...
The Inspiration Choir performed: "In My Life"; "The Rhythm Of Life"; "Freedom" ~ Chris Tye performed: "Feature Fight"; "No Sing"; "I Will Be With You" ~ Bitty McLean performed: "Dedicated To The One I Love" ~ Morganisation performed: "Benediction"; "Knower"; "Red Rose"; "Gibraltar Farm"; "Mission Impossible"; "21 Today" ~ Steve Gibbons performed: "Sweetheart"; Monologue; "Bird With No Song" ~ Steve Gibbons and Morganisation performed: "Hey Buddy"; "Words Of Love"; "You Can Never Tell"; "Like A Rolling Stone" ~ Quill performed: "The Bells Of Rhymney" ~ "Pretty Ribbons" ~ "Say It Ain't So" ~ "Elephant In The Room" ~ "Can't Find My Way Home" ~ "Perfect Skin" ~ "Winter's Jig" ~ "Say Goodbye" ~ "England" ~ "Jerusalem"

Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) continue to support Justice 4 The 21.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-Apr-2017

Thursday, 20 April 2017


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Yours Truly KJS recently had an extended chat with Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) supremo Michael Laine Hildebrandt about his forthcoming as yet untitled new studio album - his sixth - and the follow-up to BGO's heavily ELO and Beatles influenced releases "Out Of This World" (2011), "BGO II" (2012), "The Discovery" (2013), "Beyond Time" (2014) and "Sticky Love Songs" (2016).

KJS: Your last two albums "Beyond Time" and "Sticky Love Songs" have both been well received and have also been cited as an elobeatlesforever (elobf) 'Album of the Year'. What can you tell me about your next album and where you are going with it?
MLH: This entire album has kind of silently snook up on me. It's so refreshing to be working on number six and letting the last one - and everything that came with it - emotionally go. The new one is still classic BGO but, for me, it is very different somewhat musically and song topic wise. It's a much more somber, piano oriented adventure this time. I am totally in love with it. The artwork speaks volumes about BGO VI and, after I finish with the current song I'm working on, I'll be bringing in Les Farrington again (who has worked with BGO before) on vocals. I've also been inspired lately by listening again to several songs from "Beyond Time" (my fourth record) - so much so that I've jumped right back into the studio these past few days with renewed zest! There's no fixed release date and plenty of work still to do in mixing, mastering and making the CD - you know the drill! But what I can say is that I'm really excited about this new album!

elobeatlesforever (elobf) will keep you posted re: BGO VI in due course. In the meantime, you can find out more about Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) via their official web site thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends Bubble Gum Orchestra (BGO) to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 20-Apr-2017

Sunday, 16 April 2017


Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Wasn't it great seeing Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne last week together on stage in NYC for their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame investiture as founding members of ELO? It was, of course, unfortunate that both Bev Bevan and Richard Tandy were not also there (for differing reasons) but also affirming in that the Electric Light Orchestra were taking their place alongside their peers and fellow musical legends.

However much I would have loved to hear the names of former members to the ELO story within the speeches made, Yours Truly KJS and elobeatlesforever (elobf) thought it would be apt and quite appropriate to name as many musicians, contributors and characters who have played their part in ELO (whether in the studio, on stage or elsewhere) and compile them into this roster of 91 names (in alphabetical order) below thus:

Addie Lee ~ Al Quaglieri ~ Amy Langley ~ Andy Craig ~ Bernie Smith ~ Bev Bevan ~ Bill Bottrell ~ Bill Hunt ~ Brian Jones ~ Brie Brandt ~ Carl Wayne ~ Chereene Allen ~ Christian Schneider ~ Colin Owen ~ Colin Walker ~ Craig Fruin ~ David Arden ~ Dave Boruf ~ Dave Scott-Morgan ~ Dennis ~ Denny Bridges ~ Dick Plant ~ Don Arden ~ Donavan Hepburn ~ Douglas Bogey ~ Duane Scott ~ Ellie Greenwich ~ Fred ~ George Harrison ~ Ghislaine ~ Gregg Bissonette ~ Hugh McDowell ~ Iain Hornal ~ Jake Commander ~ Jeff Lynne ~ Jeff Magid ~ Jess Cox ~ John 'Upsy' Downing ~ John Middleton ~ John Richards ~ Kelly Groucutt ~ Laura Lynne ~ Lee Pomeroy ~ Louis Clark ~ Marc Bolan ~ Marc Mann ~ Marcus Byrne ~ Marge Raymond ~ Martin Smith ~ Mary Thomas ~ Matt Bissonette ~ Melanie Lewis-McDonald ~ Melvyn Gale ~ Mick Wilson ~ Mik Kaminski ~ Mike Atkins ~ Mike de Albuquerque ~ Mike Edwards ~ Mike Pela ~ Mike Stevens ~ Milton McDonald ~ Nancy O'Neill ~ Olivia Newton-John ~ Patti Quatro ~ Peggy Baldwin ~ Pete King ~ Peter Ford-Robertson ~ Phil Copestake ~ Phil Hatton ~ Rainer Pietsch ~ Reinhold Mack ~ Richard Tandy ~ Rick Pannell ~ Rick Price ~ Ringo Starr ~ Roger Lebow ~ Rosie Langley ~ Rosie Vela ~ Roy Wood ~ Ryan Ulyate ~ Sandi Lynne ~ Sarah O'Brien ~ Sharon Arden ~ Steve Jay ~ Steve Woolam ~ Susan Collins ~ Suzie Katayama ~ Ted Blight ~ Tom Thiel ~ Trevor Smith ~ Wilfred Gibson

My elder brother Bob introduced me to ELO when I was but a ten year old back in 1977 and ELO were a settled septet at that time. Their membership (whether in the studio or on stage) has expanded and contracted over the years and the idea of this article - published on the 45th anniversary of the live debut of ELO at The Greyhound in Croydon on Sunday 16th April 1972 - is to pay tribute to each and every musician who has played a part in a band whom the late, great Tony Curtis once famously said were (and still are) "the most outstanding rock group in the world today." Many thanx to Messrs. Jet Flynne, Jeff Cooper and John Devitt for filling in the gaps!

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 16-Apr-2017

Friday, 14 April 2017


10cc: A simply magnificent show at Birmingham's Symphony Hall (Photo: Gary Carolan)
Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! There are undoubtedly many fans out there who also appreciate the musical machinations of another highly successful act who often shared the charts with ELO during the Seventies: 10cc. It should therefore come as no surprise that their date on Wednesday 12th April in the finery of Birmingham's iconic Symphony Hall was a gig much looked forward to by Yours Truly KJS, especially with a support set by Iain Hornal also on the cards, fresh from his appearance with Jeff Lynne's ELO at their recent RRHOF investiture.

Up first was Iain Hornal with an inspired seven song solo acoustic cameo which showcased six of the best from the excellent new Hornal album "The Game Begins With The Lights Out" (click here for album review) plus "Drop This Song". We look forward to now seeing Iain playing some live dates around the country with a full band in order to further enhance his growing reputation. Having worked with both 10cc and Jeff Lynne's ELOIain's entertaining set was a perfect stepping stone in advance of the arrival of Graham Gouldman and his 10cc troops.

"... one of the most memorable concerts that I've had the pleasure of attending."

Next up were, of course, 10cc - and they did not disappoint the full house with an exemplary performance of not only their famed hits but also some of their legendary album tracks. This was truly a polished and professional show by songwriting legend, guitarist and bassist Graham Gouldman and his band, who not only succeeded in bringing their audience to their feet but also genuinely enjoyed themselves and their talents too. The sublime guitar craft of Rick Fenn and keyboard wizardry of Keith Hayman alongside longtime drummer/percussionist Paul Burgess (and a virtual Kevin Godley) were the perfect vehicle to deliver what was one of the most memorable concerts that I've had the pleasure of attending.

The links between 10cc and ELO were strengthened by the presence of Mick Wilson, who was also on stage with Jeff Lynne's ELO for their 2014 Hyde Park spectacular (click here for review) with the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist on top form with his soaring vocals a real highlight. Their eighteen (18) song set included a magnificent full length rendition of "Feel The Benefit" and, aside from their huge array of hit singles, "Old Wild Men" and "I'm Ready To Go Home" were also impressive. Hearing a pitch perfect "I'm Not In Love" was a fave moment but their wonderful a cappella take on "Donna" surely ran it close. I'm so glad that I was one the 2,263 folks who witnessed this 10cc musical masterclass from the heady heights of the Grand Circle. Truly an awesome gig in the truest sense of the word. Next time they tour ... go see 'em!
10cc were: Keith Hayman, Rick Fenn, Paul Burgess, Graham Gouldman and Mick Wilson
10cc performed: "Wall Street Shuffle" ~ "Art For Art's Sake" ~ "Life Is A Minestrone" ~ "Good Morning Judge" ~ "The Dean And I" ~ "Old Wild Men" ~ "Clockwork Creep" ~ "Feel The Benefit" ~ "The Things We Do For Love" ~ "Silly Love" ~ "Somewhere In Hollywood" ~ "Baron Samedi" ~ "I'm Mandy Fly Me" ~ "I'm Not In Love" ~ "Dreadlock Holiday" ~ "I'm Ready To Go Home" ~ "Donna" ~ "Rubber Bullets"

Iain Hornal performed: "Drop This Song" ~ "Different Places" ~ "Say The Word" ~ "Quit You" ~ "Running Away" ~ "Jennifer" ~ "She Doesn't have Anyone"

Find out more about 10cc and Iain Hornal via their official web sites thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends 10cc and Iain Hornal to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 14-Apr-2017

Sunday, 9 April 2017

INTERVIEW: JOHN VAN DER KISTE (Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song)

Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! The news that acclaimed author John Van Der Kiste has written a new book on the album career of ELO following on from his excellent biographies of Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne will certainly be of much interest to ELO fans who will likely be joining this writer in eagerly awaiting its publication in early June. Yours Truly KJS recently interviewed John for elobeatlesforever (elobf) and asked all kinds of questions including a fair few about “Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song” thus:

KJS: Your books “Roy Wood: The Move, Wizzard and Beyond” and “Jeff Lynne: The Electric Light Orchestra - Before and After” are required reading for fans of The Move, ELO, Wizzard and related artistes. But what inspired you to write your third book, this time about the album career of ELO?
JVDK: It wasn’t me. Honest, guv! Seriously - and firstly, thank you for the kind comments. Fonthill Media, who until recently specialised mostly in history, are now expanding into the music and entertainment field. This is one of the first titles in a series they are commissioning on major acts, focusing on individual songs from each album, including studio and live sets, and in the case of groups, solo releases by every member as applicable. So Jeff, Roy, Kelly, Louis and Michael’s individual works are there too - although I drew a line which excludes The Move, Wizzard, The Idle Race, Violinski et al. There were some hard choices to make. A companion volume on Pink Floyd is due at the same time as mine, and the author, Andrew Wild, sent me a very friendly email recently saying he too is a massive ELO and associated fan. All the best people are!
KJS: “Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song” is an appealing book title. How did you approach the research and decide on the format of each chapter/album?
JVDK: The format was laid down by the series editors, one of whom is a lifelong British prog rock lover. Authors are allowed some leeway, as books tend to shape themselves as they go along, but as ever the watchword is consistency. As for the research, it’s the customary trawling of available printed and on line sources, listening to the records again and with more of an analytical mind than ever before, researching and thinking about them ‘out of the box’. Michael de Albuquerque, who I contacted through a mutual friend (Thanks and Hi Martin Kinch!) was kind enough to send me a few answers to questions about his solo albums, which are extremely hard to find these days and also very poorly documented on the net. It would have been good to talk to the other guys about the music a little, but most of them have been extensively interviewed in recent years and it’s on the internet, and as we know, for various reasons some are not too keen to talking about their ELO days any more.
KJS: Your book undoubtedly will commence with 1971’s “The Electric Light Orchestra” and end with 2015’s “Alone In The Universe”?
JVDK: Indeed.
KJS: There were an awful lot of compilation albums in between - were you tempted at any point to cover some of them too?
JVDK: The original brief was not to feature compilation albums unless they contained previously unreleased tracks unavailable elsewhere. ELO thankfully have not been one of those acts who persistently trap buyers into purchasing another ‘Greatest Hits’ merely to obtain one song they haven’t already got on the other LP's or CD's. I was however asked to cover bonus tracks on recent reissues, and as far as possible additional numbers on overseas editions. (Quite why we can’t have one standard global track listing for every title I don’t know, but that’s another can of worms). ‘Xanadu’ is there, of course, just the ELO songs - and it’s interesting that ‘Drum Dreams’ (as far as I can work out) is the only B-side not to appear on an official group album.
KJS: Have you included “Electric Light Orchestra Part Two” and “Moment Of Truth” in your ELO studio album overview? Was it a difficult choice to include or exclude them given the degree of controversy that Part II can engender, particularly in certain social media forums?
JVDK: Definitely yes. I realise that this can be a divisive one, and I feel those two albums haven’t really worn quite so well over the years. But I saw Part II twice when they were touring in support of each one, and while it seems both are long since deleted and not prime candidates for reissue, they have their good moments. And in any case, as a matter of record (excuse the pun), it’s only fair to give them their due.
John Van Der Kiste has previously written biographies about both Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood ...
KJS: Have you a personal and least favourite ELO studio album? Which ELO studio album was easiest for you to write about?
JVDK: A difficult choice, but I think my favourite is ‘Eldorado’. The first one was possibly the easiest to write about (and the one about which I could say the most), as it had such an interesting history and every track has a character of its own. I’m aware that some fans don’t care for it (and Bev has not been kind on the subject either), but I find it quirky and fascinating. Unpolished, yes, but still groundbreaking. ‘ELO 2’ took some getting into as well, but I put it into the same category as records like Blind Faith and Traffic albums which went over my teenage head at the time and now sound far better to somebody of my more mature years. My least favourite - some of ‘Secret Messages’ doesn’t really cut it for me. Three years later, the album Jeff & Co. had meant it to be would have fitted on a single CD and my verdict would be very different. But I think Jeff lost something after the strings were replaced by keyboards, and I’m not a fan of the programmed drums which went on nearly everything by everyone in the 80's.
KJS: Is there an extended mention for “Beatles Forever”, “Motor Factory”, the Garden Rehearsals and the aborted “Secret Messages” double album in the book?
JVDK: Absolutely. Your good self supplied some valuable info on these - without which any book on ELO would not be complete!
KJS: What are your hopes and aspirations for “Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song”?
JVDK: That everyone likes it and feels that several months of hard graft have been well worthwhile. As ever I enjoyed the challenge, and while we were asked to add a smattering of personal opinion, I have kept this within bounds. The main aim is to be informative and produce as comprehensive a piece of work in one compact volume as reasonably possible.
KJS: Have you plans for any further ELO or even Beatles related books?
JVDK: ELO, not at the moment, unless any ex-members want a ghostwriter - and somebody from Birmingham would probably do it far better than I ever could. Interestingly, another publisher turned down my Beatles book, partly because I’m not a Scouser! (Despite the name, I come from Devon, although as they say, I'm ‘of Dutch extraction’). Beatles books, none planned - although in a few years something may come along. I do however have a book on Lindisfarne due out shortly, and I'm currently writing a biography of another Birmingham-born megastar. (Clue - he was in the 2004 Hall of Fame ensemble playing alongside Jeff on ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’ as seen on YouTube).
KJS: What can you tell me about the launch of the book?
JVDK: I’m going to come on stage with Jeff Lynne’s ELO and play blues harmonica on a few tour dates this year. Dream on … no, nothing planned. Just amazon, Facebook, social media and I expect I’ll crack open a bottle of something appropriate the day I receive my complimentary copies.
KJS: And finally, a question always asked when I’m interviewing for elobeatlesforever (elobf), what are your fave songs by ELO (and, of course, The Beatles)?
JVDK: On the whole, It’s the rockers that really get me going the most. ‘Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle’, ‘Rockaria!’, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ are sheer magic and hit the spot just as much today as they did at first. I’ve also always adored ‘Twilight’ for that bubbling hook and the explosive bit about two-thirds of the way through with the phasing where it sounds like someone is pushing a complete music shop’s worth of drums over Beachy Head, and the full version of ‘10538 Overture’ for that glorious dense swirling last minute or so where they build on that riff until it fades out. Of the more obscure ones, I love ‘Everyone’s Born To Die’ - it sounds incredibly like Bob Dylan, ‘Blonde on Blonde’ era. ‘Mr Blue Sky’ is wonderful, of course, but it’s a little like ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ - having been played so much over the years, it’s just less fresh than some of the others. As for The Beatles - a much harder choice. I got bored with ‘Hey Jude’ when it was out as it was played to death, but nearly fifty years on it sounds awesome once again. I also love ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, and of the lesser-known ones, ‘Old Brown Shoe’ is very overlooked. Spot the George Harrison fan - and can I include ‘What is Life’ (OK, only two Beatles on that one!), which I think one of the most sublime productions ever. Thank you Keith! It’s been lovely to talk about all this!

“Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song” by John Van Der Kiste (Paperback; 144 pages; ISBN-10: 1781556008; ISBN-13: 978-1781556009) is published by Fonthill Media on Thursday 8th June and can (at the time of writing) be pre-ordered via this link thus:

elobeatlesforever (elobf) recommends “Electric Light Orchestra: Song By Song” by John Van Der Kiste to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELOJeff LynneRoy WoodThe MoveThe Idle Race'Brum Beat'The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 09-Apr-2017